With 28 years of management experience at Eli Lilly and Company, five years as chairmen and CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in San Diego, CA and three years as founder and CEO of Mountain Group Capital, LLC in Nashville, TN, Joe's knowledge and experience were invaluable. Moreover, Joe is a man of deep faith, and his integration of philanthropy and faith matched well with the Lake Family Institute's work. His visit included giving the keynote address at the Economic Club of Indianapolis where he spoke to a crowd of 1,000 business men and women. In addition, he taught a capstone course with Phil Cochran for the MBA program at Indiana University. He spoke at a breakfast for young business entrepreneurs to discuss the values of faith, giving and civic responsibility. And at a lunch, people with family foundations gathered to learn how Joe's family foundation is committed to funding a variety of religious programs and missions. Throughout his presentations, Joe underscored the point that the philanthropic decisions we make today affect our tomorrow. To quote Joe, "caskets have no luggage racks." Furthermore, philanthropy is not just about giving money but about carrying for the people around you.
Joseph C. Cook
Friday, September 30, 2005